Auditor general conducting Ontario Place, science centre audits

Ontario Place file photo

TORONTO - Ontario's auditor general's office says it is conducting audits on the Ontario Place and the Ontario Science Centre.

The Progressive Conservative government is redeveloping Ontario Place, including a plan to move the science centre there from its current east Toronto location, and including plans for a waterpark and spa by European company Therme.

That plan has faced opposition from some community groups and members of the public, with a parking garage paid for by the government and the long-term nature of the lease with Therme facing particular criticism.

A spokesperson for the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario says it has not yet been determined whether those audits will be released as part of the auditor's annual report, which is usually published in late November or early December.

A spokesperson for Infrastructure Minister Kinga Surma says work at Ontario Place is already well underway and the redevelopment has been a "competitive, open process" led by nonpartisan officials.

NDP Leader Marit Stiles notes that Surma has cited a "business case" as evidence it will be more cost effective to move the science centre rather than renovate or rebuild it at its current location, but she has so far refused to release it.